Local and National Group Grief Support Groups

This support list is provided courtesy of Erlewein Mortuary & Crematory in Greenfield, Indiana and is updated at least annually.

Local Grief Support Organizations

Adult Grief Support

Drop-In Grief Support Group – Suburban Hospice – Greenfield

In this FREE, weekly drop-in group, we welcome everyone who is experiencing grief as a result of losing a loved one.  Come be with others who are traveling the same road.  The group is designed as a drop-in group so that participants can be free to come whenever they need support-no commitment required.  For more information and to find out about the time and place, please call or email Chaplain Katherine Murray for more information (317) 468-4124 or [email protected].

Mindfulness Group – Greenfield/Hancock County

Mindfulness helps participants learn a simple and nourishing technique for self-support. Mindfulness can be helpful for those who are grieving because it is an integrated way to be kind and supportive of ourselves in the moment, no matter what we are experiencing.  You can call or email Chaplain Katherine Murray for more information (317) 468-4124 or [email protected].

Creative Imagery Group

Creative imagery helps participants learn to use their thoughts to relax their bodies and minds and nurture a sense of peace and wellness.  Guided imagery is a simple technique that enhances overall well-being, helps to ease pain, relieves stress, supports a health immune system, and more!  You can call or email Chaplain Katherine Murray for more information (317) 468-4124 or [email protected].

GriefShare Group

GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences.  You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.  Thousands of GriefShare support groups meet weekly in your area.  Visit or join a group at anytime and attend many meetings as you like.  Find a GriefShare support group or event near you: https://www.griefshare.org/

IU Health West Grief Groups

Adult grief groups meet with Chaplain Michael Gilbert twice weekly on Thursdays as follows:

      Afternoon:     5:00pm – 6:00pm

      Evening:        6:30pm – 7:30pm

The groups meet at the IU Health West Medical Center, Cancer Center, 1111 Reagan Parkway, Building B1600, Avon. Enter through Door 8.  Parking is free and there is no fee for being part of the group.  The groups are open-ended.  You can attend any meeting you choose.  For additional information, please contact Chaplain Michael Gilbert at 317-217-3195 or [email protected]  If you will be attending your first meeting and have trouble finding the right place, you may text Chaplain Gilbert at 317-432-4135. He will be glad to respond and guide you to the right place.

Gallahue Mental Health Services

Group and individual therapy available.  Medicaid and Medicare approved.  A sliding fee scale is available based on income and dependents.  Call 317-318-7100 for more information or contact us at 317-621-5700: For crisis care, select option #1; to schedule a first-time appointment, select option #2

Community Home Health Services Grief Support

Community Home Health is pleased to offer you many bereavement services. We are available to offer support, initial grief counseling and connections to further community resources. We really care about you and would like to be a part of your healing journey!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the inability to meet in person, we offer virtual support groups. These groups are safe, confidential, and open to anyone in the community. Here’s a list of services offered: https://www.ecommunity.com/services/post-acute-care/in-touch-grief-bereavement.  Click the JOIN link to join the meeting when it's time.

Please email [email protected] or call 317-621-4646 if you would like to schedule an individual virtual counseling session with a grief counselor. Remember, all our bereavement support is FREE.

St. Vincent Hospice Grief Support Groups

The St. Vincent Hospice provides bereavement counseling for families and friends dealing with the emotional, physical, and social challenges that may come from the loss of a loved one. Grief and the journey toward wholeness and health again after a loss is a process that demands attention, energy, and focus on many levels.

In addition to individual counseling, there are a variety of free support groups and workshops that provide education and information regarding the things one can do to address the more negative impacts of the stress response to grief.

For more information on any listed service, please call 317-982-3573 or 888-780-7284.

To subscribe to the St. Vincent Hospice Bereavement newsletter, contact Sarah Meritt, 317-982-3573.

  • The Road to Healing is a six-week support group for those who have experienced a loss through death.
  • A Daughter's Grief is a six-week support group for women who have experienced the loss of their mothers through death.
  • Safe Haven is group for parents who have experienced the death of a child.
  • Widow/Widower Group is for men and women who have lost a spouse.
  • Grief 101: When Grief is New provides support for anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one.
  • Grief Through the Lens of Love - A Six Week Photography and Gallery Night Program
  • A Mother's Day Tea - Daughters remembering their Mothers before Mother's Day
  • The Empty Chair - A Holiday Grief Support Workshop
  • Finding Your Way - Support Series for Loss of A Younger Spouse
  • I AM the Legacy - Seminars for Loss of A Parent
  • Mind-Body-Spirit Workshop - Toward the Healing of Grief

Grief Support - St. Francis Hospice

(South-side location) Open to anyone, no fee.  To register, or for additional bereavement support, contact Franciscan VNS Hospice Karla Riggs Norton at (317) 528-2636 or (800) 390-9915.  You may also reach Jeff Hauersperger at (317) 528-2099.  Franciscan St. Francis Health Education Center, 421 N. Emerson Ave., Greenwood, IN.

  • Bereavement Lunch Group: Meets every Wednesday at noon. No registration required, bring a sack lunch if you would like! This larger group usually averages around 30 people.
  • Six-week Support Groups: Our bereavement support groups cover topics such as physical effects of grief, emotional impact, sleep difficulties, utilizing available resources beyond group, loneliness, depression, anger, holiday coping and hope for the future. Start dates vary throughout the year.

Grief Support - St. Francis Hospice

(South-side location) Open to anyone, no fee.  To register, or for additional bereavement support, contact Franciscan VNS Hospice Karla Riggs Norton at (317) 528-2636 or (800) 390-9915.  You may also reach Jeff Hauersperger at (317) 528-2099.  Franciscan St. Francis Health Education Center, 421 N. Emerson Ave., Greenwood, IN.

  • Bereavement Lunch Group: Meets every Wednesday at noon. No registration required, bring a sack lunch if you would like! This larger group usually averages around 30 people.
  • Six-week Support Groups: Our bereavement support groups cover topics such as physical effects of grief, emotional impact, sleep difficulties, utilizing available resources beyond group, loneliness, depression, anger, holiday coping and hope for the future. Start dates vary throughout the year.

Open Arms – Through Community Hospitals of Indianapolis

Open Arms extends support to families who experience a pregnancy or newborn loss. This free program offers many different services to help families grieve in a way that meets their specific needs. All Open Arms services are coordinated by a Grief Support Person specifically trained to offer support to grieving parents. They offer help during this difficult time by listening, comforting or providing resources and advice.

In-person support groups have been temporarily paused due to the pandemic. Please contact an Open Arms representative by email or phone if you need support.

Community Hospital North or East, please email Jen Waitt at [email protected]

Community Hospital South, please call 317-887-7900 or email [email protected]

Community Hospital Anderson please call 765-298-5425 or email [email protected]

Heartland Hospice - Bereavement Support Groups

Bereavement support groups meeting at various times during the day, no longer offering in person meetings at this time.  No registration required for the conference call.  Meetings times are conducted on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 10 am and the first Tuesday of each month at 6 pm.  The toll free number for the grief groups is: 877-951-3089.  Participants will be prompted to enter a code which is 214 691 75 followed by the # sign. We will wait 15 minutes. If no one has joined us for the call by 10:15 am and 6:15 pm respectively, then we end the call.

For more information about the above groups, call Heartland Hospice ph: (317) 251-3012 or (800) 558-6928

Children & Teens

Ongoing Grief Support Groups

For children and adolescents, sharing their experience with peers can provide healing for those grieving the death of a loved one. Brooke’s Place provides peer support groups for young people ages 3 - 29, who have experienced the death of a significant person.  Call 317-705-9650 or go online to https://www.brookesplace.org/ to view local support groups offered.

Caterpillar Kids                                                                                 

This group is sponsored by St. Francis Home Health & Hospice and is designed for school age children and teens.  It is held twice a year in 4-week sessions.  Contact St. Francis Bereavement, Chaplain Karla Riggs Norton at (317) 528-2636 for more information.

Camp Healing Tree - Indianapolis                                                             

This weekend camp, usually held the last weekend in August each year, is for grieving children and teens ages 7 - 17. There is no fee due to being sponsored by local area hospices.  The camp provides a safe environment where participants may speak openly about their grief during group discussions led by trained facilitators.  Although the camp focuses on grief, the environment strives to be upbeat. Campers may enjoy swimming, arts and crafts, drama, games, campfire, sing-alongs, and other fun activities.  Contact Brooke’s Place at (317) 705-9650.

Camp ErinĀ® Indianapolis

Camp Erin is a weekend bereavement camp for children and teens ages 6 through 17 who are grieving the death of someone close to them. Facilitated by a partnership of Community Health Network behavioral care and home health professionals and volunteers, Camp Erin Indianapolis is a weekend-long experience filled with traditional, fun camp activities, combined with grief education and emotional support.  Camp Erin, created and funded by The Moyer Foundation, is the largest bereavement camp in the United States, annually serving more than 2,500 children at more than 40 camps in over 25 states.  For more information or bereavement support, call In-Touch Bereavement and Grief Services at 317-621-4646 or toll free at 800-404-4852. You can also e-mail them at [email protected].

Camp Hope – Grief Day Camp

Camp Hope is a one-day day camp offered with St. Vincent to help children ages 7-17 dealing with grief.  For more information on dates and details you can contact Margie Vandergraff (765) 203-2631.

National Grief Support Organizations

Widowed Persons Services - AARP

Group provides grief assistance for widows and widowers. It includes support for changes in housing, family relationships, unfamiliar financial and legal matters.  Visit www.aarp.org or call 888-687-2277 or 1-888-OUR-AARP for more information.

Dougy Center                                                                                                                        

The center works with thousands of children, teens and their families who have experienced the death of a parent, adult caregiver, sibling or teen friend.  It provides support in a safe place where families who are grieving a death can share their experience as they move through their healing process.  Visit www.dougy.org or call 503-775-5683.

NAMES Project Foundation  

This organization is dedicated to helping people with AIDS and their family members.  An online newsletter is available.  Visit www.aidsquilt.org or call 404-688-5500 for more information.

Parents Without Partners, Inc.

International, educational organization devoted to the interests of single parents and their children.  Local chapters are concerned with educational activities, family activities and adult social/recreational activities.  Visit www.parentswithoutpartners.org or call 740-452-4541 for more information.

National Sudden Infant Death Support                                  

This group provides information, literature and support to parents who have lost children to SIDS or SIDS related symptoms.  Visit www.sidsalliance.org or call 1-800-221-SIDS or 1-800-232-SIDS for more information.

Suicide Prevention and Survivor Support                                                                  

This organization provides volunteers to help a person who may be considering suicide or provides support for persons who have lost a friend or relative to suicide.  It operates a 24-hour telephone service.  Visit www.afsp.org or www.save.org, or call 1-800-252-TEEN or 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-617-536-2460.

National Victims Resource Center (NCJRS)

Justice Dept. provides access to highly trained criminal justice reference specialist who can help family members find answers to specific legal questions as the result of a violent crime.  Free publications are available at www.ncjrs.gov or by calling 1-800-851-3420.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss

You can find support, resources and education on miscarriage, stillbirth and infant deaths at www.nationalshare.org or by calling 1-800-821-6819.

TAPS - Grief Camp for Young Military Survivors & Adult Seminars           

National military survivor seminar and good grief camp for young survivors.  For children of all ages who have lost a parent in the armed forces.  Seminars are available for adults and children.  Visit www.taps.org or call 1-800-959-TAPS.